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San Juan restaurants

San Juan's dining scene is one of the most exciting in the Caribbean, with a handful of young chefs updating local dishes with Asian, French, and Italian influences and ingredients. Some of these Puerto Rican fusion restaurants have become modern classics, such as Pikayo; up-and-comers include Toro Salao and Marmalade, and the bevy of trendy restaurants in the SoFo (South of Calle Fortaleza) district of Old San Juan.

In the Condado and Isla Verde neighborhoods, look past the Chili's and Subway outposts to find unique restaurants of every style, ethnicity, and variety: Peruvian, Japanese, Thai, French, Italian, and, of course, Puerto Rican. Santurce is another great area for exploring local cooking in tiny home-style restaurants. For traditional fare, head to any restaurant called a fonda. These storefront eateries serve comida criolla, the local Puerto Rican fare made with recipes passed down through generations. You'll find many of these places—Tasca El Pescador is a favorite—in and around San Juan's Plaza del Mercado, a fruit and vegetable market near where Santurce meets Condado. (It's a bit hard to find, so take a taxi.) Just don't expect much in the way of decor.

San Juan restaurants fill up on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, so call for a reservation and try to get a time slot at 9 pm or later, when the locals dine.

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Toro Salao, Old San Juan

The latest addition to the collection of OOF Restaurants (owners of the much-celebrated Parrot Club and Aguaviva), Toro Salao forgoes the trendy fusion movement...more

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